Health Beat - Winter 2020 - 14


A Safety Net for Community Health


alina Regional Health Center is a
not-for-profit health system that
serves the healthcare needs of
a wide region in north central Kansas.
The organization cares for people on a
daily basis regardless of their ability to
pay and provides many forms of highly
specialized care.
In many cases the professional
costs associated with providing specialized medical services are not
fully recovered.
In fiscal year 2018, Salina Regional
provided $58.94 million in nonreimbursed benefits to the region. 
More than half was met by subsidized health services, which provides
clinical services at reduced or no cost.
Services include forensic nursing to
collect physical evidence in criminal
cases; trauma, stroke, cardiac and
other emergent care; infant-child
development services for children born
with disabilities and developmental
delay; behavioral health; cancer treatment infusion services; and discounts
given to patients who self-pay.
More than a third of the hospital's
nonreimbursed benefit comes in the
form of shortfalls generated by government-sponsored health insurance.
About half of Salina Regional's patients
are covered by Medicare and Medicaid.
More than 12% of the hospital's
losses are attributed to charity care and
bad debt. The hospital provides financial assistance to those who apply and
qualify by meeting federal poverty level
guidelines. Bad debt includes those
with accounts that are uncollectable.


Despite its financial losses, Salina
Regional Health Center as a whole
remains profitable.
"We're seeing our operating margins
shrink year after year but are fortunate
to be among the few hospitals with a
positive financial picture," says Joe
Tallon, chief financial officer at Salina
Regional. "This allows us to continue
to invest in new technology, facility
infrastructure and services to meet the
health needs of people in the region."

A Significant
Economic Impact
Salina Regional Health Center has
1,775 Salina employees at its main
hospital and affiliated clinics in the
community, contributing $122 million

in salary and benefits to the local
economy. The organization receives
no local, state or federal tax support.
It also pays $760,000 in Saline County
property taxes.
"As an economic sector in Saline
County, healthcare ranks first in total
employment and second in top earnings behind retirees because of Salina
Regional's presence here," says Eric
Brown, president and CEO of the
Salina Area Chamber of Commerce.
"Excellent healthcare is vital to the
quality of life and economy of Salina
and surrounding communities," Brown
says. "The data reflects that the effect
that Salina Regional Health Center has
on our economy is tremendous and will
continue to grow." 1

Fiscal Year 2018
Unreimbursed Community Benefit
Community Building Activities/
Research - $13,800
Community Health Services/
Benefit Operations - $69,700
Donations - $89,500
Health Professions
Education - $424,000
Charity Care - $1.76M
Bad Debt - $5.36M
Medicaid & Medicare Shortfalls - $20.29M
Subsidized Health Services - $30.93M


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